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If you are looking to explore and take in the pristine natural beauty that Ottawa has to offer, booking a tour with Tours Expedition Ottawa is a must. This small, family-owned and operated company offers four expeditions namely, cycling, canoeing, hiking and skiing, each with its own levels of difficulty to choose from. With only four people per trip, these tours are intimate, relaxed and fun, with an interaction on a personal level. Float down a lazy river and take in the spectacular views, or row against rapids, either way the choice is yours. Each tour is priced at only CAD125 per head and is inclusive of a delicious picnic, transport to and from your home and a bi-lingual and knowledgeable guide. They also offer a range of other seasonal based activities which includes a night tour, local dining tour, camping and lots more. Look no further than Tours Expedition for a perfect tour of Ottawa's outdoors!
Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway is a picturesque parkway that follows the banks of the Ottawa River. The parkway comprises of a four-lane road along with a recreational path that runs along its length. The main road can be traversed by private cars while the recreational path is meant exclusively for cyclists and pedestrians. Frequented by both locals and tourists, the path allows people to enjoy scenic river views while cycling or walking. The 9.5 kilometer (5.90 miles) stretch also doubles up as a commuter artery for travel between the neighborhoods of West End and Downtown. On Sundays, during the summer, the parkway's westbound lanes are open only for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The parkway is also home to the Canadian War Museum.
Owned and managed by the National Capital Commission (NCC), the Greenbelt project was initiated to preserve the rural landscape in Ottawa and protect it from the proliferation of urbanization. Spread across 78.6 square miles (203.5 square kilometers), the place has been reserved as a rural landscape and modern development in this space has been restricted. Visitors can enjoy a host of activities like walking, hiking, skiing, and so on. The Greenbelt is rich in biodiversity and is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Animals like muskrat, cottontail rabbit, red fox, snowshoe hare, and birds like woodcock, Canada goose, red-tailed hawk, are a common sighting. There are well marked trails, a beautiful bay, an old animal farm, camping sites and golfing facilities as well.
Located in Ottawa and owned by Terry Matthews, The Marshes Golf Club is a public golf club that is adjacent to Brookstreet Hotel. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, this golf course offers the business community of Silicon Valley an excellent golfing experience along with the blue lakes and the Gatineau Hills in the backdrop. They follow strict dress codes for playing the game, and offer coaching as well. Other than hosting amateur championships, this club has also hosted the Canadian PGA Senior's Championship.